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WITandWISDOM(tm) - July 18, 2002
"Love is not what makes the world go round. Love is what makes the trip worthwhile." - Franklin Jones
Source: Weekend Encounter, by Dick Innes, Copyright 2002, http://www.actsweb.org/subscribe.htm
~~~~~~~ SPECIAL THOUGHTS:
One man recalls his father's influence when he started off on the wrong foot. "At Cody High School I was known as Alibi Al because I tried to get away with everything," he says. "But when I was 18, I got arrested for shooting up mailboxes with a .22 rifle and was placed on probation for two years."
Alibi Al's mother was devastated and his siblings were disappointed. At first, though, his father didn't say much about the incident. Then one night at dinner a few weeks later he did something Al had never seen before. He started crying. "Where have we failed?" he asked.
Alibi Al was heartsick. "I had disappointed to the point of tears the man I loved and admired more than anyone else in the world. On that day I started to grow up. I realized that actions have consequences and that mine had embarrassed the entire family. I vowed it would never happen again."
Alibi Al is Alan K. Simpson, who served three terms in the U.S. Senate representing Wyoming and now teaches at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
By Victor M. Parachin, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) June 2002, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
Submitted by Dale Galusha
Subjects: Parenting, Discipline
~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:
by Robert Byron
My wife is an ice cream junkie. Because of this, our freezer is always stocked with some kind of the frozen treat. My personal favorite is vanilla and since I am the one who usually buys the ice cream, vanilla is the flavor I usually get.
I was checking my email at the office one afternoon when I received the following message from my wife:
"We are in dire need of ice cream. All we have left is that Breyer's mess and I am not going to eat it. It is nasty. I tried mixing it with Edy's and it was still nasty. So we all need ice cream as I am eating the last of the two containers that we have right now.
"Also, I need variety baby. I have got to have some variety in my life when it comes to ice cream. I understand your devotion to vanilla, and while I love her as well, I hate to say it, but I really need more from an ice cream. Vanilla does have some very strong points, and I hate to make such a drastic change and hurt her feelings, but I can no longer hide my deep desire for something that is more satisfying. You still love her and I think she will take comfort in that but I have tasted the forbidden mint chocolate chip and butternut crème, not to mention chocolate. I think as long as you still give Vanilla the attention she deserves, it will be ok, and occasionally, I can have Vanilla. I am not saying that I don't like her, I just need a break from her. I still want to be friends with her, just for right now, but I am feeling like I need to live on the edge for a bit. I think she will understand.
"I love you and Vanilla too. Please let her down easy, don't just totally bypass her. Give her a loving touch as you reach for the more adventurous flavors."
Copyright © 2002 Robert Byron
Source: Absolute Humor, http://AbsoluteRobeo.com
Subjects: Ice Cream, Vanilla
~~~~~~~ KEEP SMILING:
First old man: 'You want to go for a walk?'
Second old man: 'Isn't it windy?'
First old man: 'No, it's Thursday.'
Second old man: 'Me, too. Let's go get a soda.'
Source: Colorado Comments, http://coloradocomments.com/
Part 4 of 5 [Jul 15, 16, 17, 18, 19]
If you can't afford to buy gifts for loved ones and friends this year, use something other than money to create what you want. Give gifts of the heart.
GIFTS OF YOURS
Drag out outdated fun clothes and clean and press them. Then wrap them in pretty packages for the little girls on your Christmas list. They love to play dress up!
Give one of your prized plants to someone you know would love it as much as you do. Remember to keep a clipping so you can start a new one to replace it.
Put together a small photograph album of events and celebrations you have shared with friends or family. It might even be fun to collect childhood pictures to stir up memories for your siblings.
By Patricia L. Fry
Source: Signs of the Times, Copyright (c) December 2000, Pacific Press, http://www.signstimes.com
Submitted by Dale Galusha